Queen's Park to Vote on "Putting Students First Act"
Controversial anti-strike legislation that reins in wages and cuts benefits for Ontario teachers will come to a vote early this week.
The minority Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives are teaming up in the legislature to pass the anti-strike bill, which has angered unions and civil libertarians. The Liberals brought back the legislature early to get it passed before Sept. 1, saying the province couldn't afford the rollover of old contracts. However, since the proposed legislation is retroactive to that date, it would claw back any pay hikes or benefits once it becomes law.
The New Democrats, who oppose the bill, say the Liberals wanted to create a crisis in education that they thought would benefit them in two byelections last week.
The Liberals held on to the riding of Vaughan, but came in third in Kitchener-Waterloo, denying them a majority government.
(The Canadian Press)